All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
A boy and girl face the challenge of the world's last frontier
A teenage girl and her young brother are stranded in the Australian outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Aborigine on "walkabout": a ritualistic banishment from his tribe
Nicolas Roeg is fast becoming one of my favorite directors. Granted, I've only digested three of his films so far, and I understand that his quality declines quite drastically later in his career (otherwise, I would have expected him to be one of the all-time greats instead of just respected yet rarely talked about), but he has yet to take a misstep in my book. Not only are the films of his I've watched commendable, they are truly excellent. From his mastery of the thriller/horror in Don't Look Now to the daring experimental sci-fi of The Man Who Fell To Earth, I've now been lucky enough to catch the beautiful, perhaps even 'Malickian' nature odyssey of Walkabout.
Walkabout, above all,…
Film #4 of my Journey of July Scavenger Hunt
Task #7 - A movie about hiking, walking, etc.
In what other movie will you see intercutting of full female frontal nudity and the clubbing and slaughter of a kangaroo? None other than Walkabout my friends. This is part existential journey, National Geographic show, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Picnic at Hanging Rock, anti-consumerism and destruction of the Aboriginal habitat, outback survival, Horrorporn, Soviet montage, spiritualism, cultureclash, fucking everything. This movie is so dense I couldn’t even think of where to start.
Lets just say that Australia is beautiful. Its absolutely beautiful, but I also never in my life ever, and I mean seriously never, ever want to visit. This is mostly because…
I often talk about how I cherish the rare and unique opportunity to experience a film through pure, unbiased eyes, having never seen a trailer or a clip, with no knowledge of even a basic premise to get me started before sitting down and pressing play. Such was my approach to the 1971 Australian movie Walkabout, as I literally only knew the name of the director and the fact that it was deemed worthy of inclusion to the Criterion collection.
I wanted Nicolas Roeg to tell me a story, to paint something extraordinary with his highly regarded brush that, despite his expansive filmography, I had never witnessed in action before.
The film starts with various shots of crowded,…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"I don't suppose it matters which way we go..."
Nicholas Roeg's 1971 film Walkabout is so dizzying in it's sheer beauty, that one tends to get just as lost in it's Australian landscape and vistas as our protagonists, and it's through Nic Roeg's innovative editing and cinematography that we witness a teenage schoolgirl and her little brother become one with the landscape, as if nature is devouring the foreign objects that enter into its realm (symbolised by their picnic food being consumed by ants).
Edward Bond's 14 page screenplay, which is loosely based on the novel 'Walkabout' by James Vance Marshall, is apparently quite a step away from the novel in it's cinematic form. Roeg infuses the film with layers…
The near silent opening of the film contrasts the concrete hell of the city set against the wise open spaces of the Australian outback. It is not until we are in the car with the girl, her younger brother and father that we have a clear understanding of where exactly we are. The montage of scenes before that converge together in surreal motion, the power of the images alone enough to inform you of the films psychology.
Nicolas Roeg's film was seemingly lost, then resurrected in full and appears to slowly be finding an audience at last. Its themes are simple yet wonderfully effective. Roeg looks at the industrialisation of the world and the ongoing battle against nature, always waiting…
While I haven't quite successfully fallen head-over-heels in love with any of Nicolas Roeg's individual films yet, the one thing that I have consistently loved is that he has a very creative sense of style. His unique photography and editing manage to oscillate between serenely beautiful and roughly jarring, a technical range not many filmmakers are capable of. He also consistently succeeds in pushing the boundaries of the cinematic medium, contrasting images and forcing us to draw our own conclusions from them.
This continues in Walkabout. Roeg crosscuts between the death of a kangaroo in the wild and a butcher chopping meat in his shop. He layers images on top of each other as if in a dissolve, but instead…
If you were to ask me why I loved this film I really wouldn't be able to put it into words.
Uhhh. Yeah. This was really good. Lots of layers to the film.
That's all I got. I loved it.
desert walks turn into slow heavy tedious funeral marches but Australian Outback maintains this hallucinogenic fever pitch which is down to Nic Roeg, obviously, his environments take on a dubious physical quality and landscapes become psychicscapes and in the desert the heat shimmer only makes it all the more tenuous: his camera is like a satellite turning them into pitifully creatures; it’s documentarian, roving for fine details; it’s like the eye in a dream capturing something elusive; his infamous editing – repetitive, fragmented, cutting not on plot but mood – puts you somewhere else. It’s a straightforward film in its themes, but that doesn’t fucking matter, because it is kind of a children’s story just not so much in its telling but in its spirit
Film #19 of July 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task #9 : A movie set in the desert or in a tropical region.
The simplicity to Walkabout is its winning success. Compared to other Australian films I have seen, I think this has to be the best. A trek through the outback with three kids who also grow up as they find themselves. Powerful and emotional.
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9. A movie set in the desert or in a tropical region
Still the wonderful, hypnotic exploration of civilization and innocence I remember from the many years ago I first saw it. The reversed-sequence hallucination is haunting. Didn't particularly remember [or want to remember] the bizarre, cartoonish weather team scene with a group of male scientists ogling the only woman on the team. The film deals maturely enough with sexuality that I don't think I needed what amounts to a Benny Hill sequence, but it's a short moment at least, and the rest of the film is filled with daring and exciting presentation.
Made just three years after the 1967 referendum recognizing Aboriginals as Australian citizens, Walkabout is a immensely progressive film, challenging contemporaneous white Australian attitudes in its complex treatment of the character on its eponymous journey.
Nicolas Roeg—who carries over some of the cinematographic beauty we witness in Lawrence of Arabia, for which he served as second unit director—incorporates the clichéd, Anglo-centric trope of innocent white children getting lost in the desert, but skillfully upends it in his treatment of the earnest, and erotic relationship between these Caucasian travelers and the Aboriginal boy they eventually meet.
While some may criticize the boy as having been reduced to a ham-fisted symbol for all of Aboriginality, the film's sympathetic treatment of him as…
I feel like this a film that demands to be rewatched, re-experienced, and to be felt. Charlie Kaufman has described how cinema is a "dead medium". Once you see a film, that's it, you've seen it unlike a play where no two performances will be exactly alike, props get moved around, accidents could happen, and various things make two play performances not identical unlike 2 showings of a film. Like the new Ghostbusters, I already know that the new Ghostbusters is a film that would be the same for me as it would be for people who watch it in Idaho, but a play being performed in Arizona and Idaho won't be the same. However Charlie Kaufman designs his films…
A marvelous allegory of communication with excellent cinematography and a great performance from Jenny Agutter.
If you want a movie where countless real animals are beaten to death on screen, boy do I have something for you
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
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UPDATED: June 23, 2016
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